Today’s Tasting: Psalms 106-107
Psalms 106 and 107 recount Israel’s trials during their journey to the Promised Land. Psalm 106 tells of Israel’s repeated disobedience and God’s steadfast love. Psalm 107 challenges Israel, “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love” as they are reminded of the many troubles they experienced and how God rescued them each time.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 106:1 ESV).
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, who he has redeemed from trouble” (Psalm 107:1–2 ESV).
Today’s Nourishment: Thankfulness is a change agent. “Thanking the Lord for his steadfast love” is a practice that can change your life. The dictionary definition of “steadfast” is “firmly fixed in place: immovable, not subject to change” (http://www.lexilogos.com/english/).
My life today is a testament of how “THANKS to the Lord for his steadfast love,” particularly during times of great distress, can change your life. We all make mistakes that we later regret. As a young adult, I made some decisions that later made me feel disappointed with myself. Years ago, I started offering the Lord a sacrifice of thanksgiving for those years. At the same time I thanked Him for other areas of my life that caused some of my distress. Being thankful in this way changed me. I no longer wallowed in self-pity, and I started coming out of the depression into which I had fallen.
May I challenge you with the same challenge to the Israelites in Psalm 107? Thanking God for His steadfast love changed my life, and it will change yours too. Remember, His love never ceases and never runs out. He pulls us from the pit of distress.
How are you “Thanking the Lord for his steadfast love” in the midst of your life challenges? Use the recipe for THANKS above and share your THANKS with us in the comment section below.
Tomorrow’s Delight: 1 Chronicles 13–16
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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